Recommended Reads for Kids
A fresh and fun graphic novel series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club, featuring Kristy's little stepsister!
Karen Brewer lives next door to Mrs. Porter, who wears long robes and has wild gray hair. Mrs. Porter has a black cat named Midnight and always seems to be working in her garden. Karen isn't supposed to spy on her neighbor, but she's determined to prove that Mrs. Porter is a witch named Morbidda Destiny!
Mrs. Porter is getting ready to have a special meeting at her house, and Karen is sure the meeting is for witches. Are they going to cast a spell on Karen? Or will she be brave enough to send them away -- once and for all?
This Was Our Pact
Ryan Andrews's This Was Our Pact is an astonishing, magical-realist adventure story for middle-grade readers.
It's the night of the annual Autumn Equinox Festival, when the town gathers to float paper lanterns down the river. Legend has it that after drifting out of sight, they'll soar off to the Milky Way and turn into brilliant stars, but could that actually be true? This year, Ben and his classmates are determined to find out where those lanterns really go, and to ensure success in their mission, they've made a pact with two simple rules: No one turns for home. No one looks back.
The plan is to follow the river on their bikes for as long as it takes to learn the truth, but it isn't long before the pact is broken by all except for Ben and Nathaniel, the one kid who just doesn't seem to fit in.
Together, Nathaniel and Ben will travel farther than anyone has ever gone, down a winding road full of magic, wonder, and unexpected friendship*. *And a talking bear.
Stargazing is a heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.
Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.
But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs. Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?
Talking math with your child is fun and easy with this better approach to counting!
Written by a math educator, this innovative book encourages critical thinking and sparks memorable mathematical conversations. You and your child decide what to count on each page. You have many choices, and the longer you look, the more possibilities you'll notice. There are no wrong answers in this book. As long as you're talking about what you see, think, and wonder, you're talking math!
Hats Are Not for Cats!
Are hats for cats? A big, bossy dog and a determined cat disagree. This funny rhyming romp--with a large cast of cats and hats--leads readers to the perfect conclusion: hats are for everyone!
A big, severe, plaid-hat-wearing dog insists that the small black cat in the red fez shouldn't be wearing a hat--any kind of hat--because hats are for dogs. His patronizing tirade doesn't convince this cat, however. Defiantly, she wears an assortment of hats, described in the gleeful rhyming text, and brings in other cats to join the protest. The silliness of both text and pictures offers a cheerful take on bossiness and managing conflict, with a win-win resolution.
Moo, Moo, Chew, Chew
Transition your young reader from board books to picture books with this interactive story featuring sounds from the farm. Tear resistant paper helps little ones avoid ripped pages and encourages confidence in reading picture books, while the question-and-answer story delights and encourages readers to mimic the familiar sounds of a cow, a donkey, a goose, and other animals heard around the farm.
Dog and Rabbit
A funny, sweet story of unrequited friendship from the creator of Beautiful Oops! and Crazy Hair Day.
Dog likes Rabbit. Rabbit likes Bunny. But Bunny ignores Rabbit. How will the friendship triangle resolve? Written in four parts, this picture book navigates the pitfalls of budding friendship and explores the rewards of patience under the sure hand of seasoned author/illustrator Barney Saltzberg.
My Papi Has a Motorcycle
A celebration of the love between a father and daughter, and of a vibrant immigrant neighborhood, by an award-winning author and illustrator duo.
When Daisy Ramona zooms around her neighborhood with her papi on his motorcycle, she sees the people and places she's always known. She also sees a community that is rapidly changing around her.
But as the sun sets purple-blue-gold behind Daisy Ramona and her papi, she knows that the love she feels will always be there.
With vivid illustrations and text bursting with heart, My Papi Has a Motorcycle is a young girl's love letter to her hardworking dad and to memories of home that we hold close in the midst of change.
Princess Puffybottom ... and Darryl
What's a pampered cat to do now that she has to compete for attention with an ill-mannered puppy? Award-winning author Susin Nielsen delights in this laugh-a-minute twist on the classic sibling rivalry story.
When Sadness Is at Your Door
Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are--an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation.
In When Sadness Is at Your Door, Eva Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor. She gives it a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify it and distinguish it from ourselves. She suggests activities to do with it, like sitting quietly, drawing, and going outside for a walk. The beauty of this approach is in the respect the book has for the feeling, and the absence of a narrative that encourages the reader to "get over" it or indicates that it's "bad," both of which are anxiety-producing notions.
A handsome and totally fetching street cat with a penchant for trouble stars in the new picture book by Judy Schachner, creator of the inimitable, irrepressible Skippyjon Jones
Stretchy McHandsome is not only good looking with his ginger fur, but he has personality that shines as well. Leaving the safety of the McHandsome clan, he stretches himself away from home and all around town. Out and about, he is spotted by a girl with a kindred spirit, who makes him realize the one thing missing from his life is the warm lap of a loving person. How this gadabout finds his true girl makes for a story that is a little bit wild, but a whole lot wonderful.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker The Galaxy Needs You
Have you ever stopped to think about how there is nobody else in the galaxy who is exactly like you? This empowering picture book celebrates young heroes-in-the-making and features illustrations that follow Rey on her own hero's journey.
I Love You, Fred
From the father-daughter team behind I Will Love You Anyway comes another heartwarming tale about a sweatband-wearing pug.
Fetch! and Sit! and Stay!
and Ball! and Walk! and Bed!
I know those words…
…but what is Fred?
Little ones will laugh out loud as you read Mick and Chloë Inkpen’s delightful second story all about a troublesome little dog who finally discovers his own name.
African American girls and their beautiful hair are celebrated in this bright, joyful read-together picture book that will have girls everywhere repeating the book's chorus: "I love being me!"
Full 'fro, cute bow! I love being me! Smart girl, cool curls! I love being me!
African American girls will love seeing strong, happy reflections of themselves in this vibrant, rhythmic picture book celebrating the diversity of beautiful black hair. From a cute crop to pom-pom puffs, adorable illustrations of girls with gorgeous braids, blowouts, and bantus grace each page, side by side with a call-and-response affirmation that will make girls cheer. It's a great read-aloud to promote self-esteem for girls of all ages, building and growing the foundation of self-love (and hair love!) and letting every girl know "You are made beautiful!"
Not a Bean
A Mexican jumping bean isn't a bean at all. It's a fascinating home and food source for a special kind of caterpillar!
With Spanish vocabulary and a clever counting concept, this poetic story shares the life cycle of a Mexican jumping bean. This curious jumping insect is actually a seedpod from a shrub called yerba de la flecha, into which a caterpillar burrows, living inside the pod until it builds a cocoon and breaks out as a moth. Perfect for preschoolers and prereaders, this creative picture book explores the Mexican jumping bean's daily life and eventual transformation and escape from the pod.
Kids Blog Entries
'Twas the night before Christmas
And all through the house
Not a creature was stirring
Not even a mouse So begins perhaps the most famous poem in American history, "The Night Before Christmas." (Fun fact: the real name of the poem is "A Visit from St. Nicholas"). The poem...
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Battle of the Books Reading Lists
|The Alcatraz Escape||Jenifer Chambliss Bertman||Mystery|
|Because Of The Rabbit||Cynthia Lord||Animal|
|Eleanor Roosevelt's In My Garage!||Candace Fleming||Science Fiction|
|Finding Langston||Lesa Cline-Ransome||Historical Fiction|
|Flashback Four: The Hamilton-Burr Duel||Dan Gutman||Adventure|
|The Friendship War||Andrew Clements||Fiction|
|Front Desk||Kelly Yang||Fiction|
|The Girl In The Locked Room||Mary Downing Hahn||Ghost Story|
|Greystone Secrets The Strangers||Margaret Peterson Haddix||Fantasy|
|Insignificant Events In The Life Of A Cactus||Dusti Bowling||Mystery|
|The Law Of Finders Keepers||Sheila Turnage||Adventure|
|The Length Of A String||Elissa Brent Weissman||Fiction|
|Lion Down||Stuart Gibbs||Mystery|
|Louisana's Way Home||Kate DiCamillo||Historical Fiction|
|Max Einstein: The Genius Experiment||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Mystery|
|Merci Suarez Changes Gears||Meg Medina||Fiction|
|The Miscalculations Of Lightning Girl||Stacy McAnulty||Fiction|
|One-Third Nerd||Gennifer Choldenko||Humor|
|Out Of Left Field||Ellen Klages||Sports|
|Over The Moon||Natalie Lloyd||Fantasy|
|Pay Attention, Carter Jones||Gary D. Schmidt||Humor|
|Property Of The Rebel Librarian||Allison Varnes||Fiction|
|The Remmarkable Journey Of Coyote Sunrise||Dan Gemeinhart||Fiction|
|Right As Rain||Lindsey Stoddard||Fiction|
|Saving Winslow||Sharon Creech||Animal|
|The Secret Sheriff Of Sixth Grade||Jordan Sonnenblick||Fiction|
|Song For A Whale||Lynne Kelly||Animal|
|Spy School Goes South||Stuart Gibbs||Adventure|
|Sweeping Up The Heart||Kevin Henkes||Historical Fiction|
|The Third Mushroom||Jennifer L. Holm||Science Fiction|
|The Train To Impossible Places||P.G. Bell||Fantasy|
|The Truth As Told By Mason Buttle||Leslie Connor||Mystery|
|The Unsung Hero Of Birdsong, USA||Brenda Woods||Historical Fiction|
|The Unteachables||Gordon Korman||Humor|
|The Vanderbeekers And The Hidden Garden||Karina Yan Glaser||Fiction|
|Walking With Miss Millie||Tamara Bundy||Historical Fiction|
|William Wenton And The Secret Portal||Bobbie Peers||Science Fiction|
|Word Of Mouse||James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein||Fantasy|
|A Good Kind of Trouble||Lisa Moire Ramee||Fiction|
|Amal Unbound||Aisha Saeed||Fiction|
|Angel Thieves||Kathi Appelt||Fantasy|
|Blended||Sharon M. Draper||Fiction|
|The Button War; A Tale of the Great War||Avi||Historical|
|Darius the Great is Not Okay||Adib Hhorram||Fiction|
|Denis Ever After||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Dread Nation||Justina Ireland||Fantasy|
|Fatality||Caroline B. Cooney||Fiction|
|Finding Audrey||Sophie Kinsella||Fiction|
|From You to Me||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|Genesis Begins Again||Alicia D. Williams||Fiction|
|The Great Jeff||Tony Abbott||Fiction|
|Harbor Me||Jacqueline Woodson||Memoir|
|House Arrest||K. A. Holt||Fiction|
|How High the Moon||Karyn Parsons||Historical|
|It's Trevor Noah; Born a Crime||Trevor Noah||Memoir|
|The Journey of Little Charlie||Christopher Paul Curtis||Historical|
|Love, Hate and other Filters||Samira Ahmed||Fiction|
|My Family Divided||Diane Guerrero & Erica Moroz||Memoir|
|New Kid||Jerry Craft||Graphic novel|
|Nyxia||Scott Reintgen||Sci Fi|
|One Last Word||Nikki Grimes||Poetry|
|The Reason I Jump||Naoki Higashida||Memoir|
|Small Spaces||Katherine Arden||Fantasy|
|Still a Work in Progresss||Jo Knowles||Fiction|
|Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow||Jessica Townsend||Fantasy|